January 26, 2017 | IGSHPA News | Geothermal News
From the President

For two years I have had the incredible privilege of being your IGSHPA Board President. Next month a new Board will elect my replacement and IGSHPA will fulfill its promise to membership of rotating board members and officers to involve as broad a cross section of our membership as possible.

Our upcoming election will guarantee that IGSHPA will have new representatives on the Board representing the GHEX (Drillers) and Dealer/Contractor membership sectors. We have an impressive list of candidates- all new to Board service. This is very exciting to me- it proves the system works!

The past two years have been challenging in many ways. In addition to implementing a new set of bylaws, the Board dealt with the realignment of our overhead with economic reality, and took on updating nearly everything IGSHPA had done in the past including training, standards, advocacy, membership, and much more. Read More


Committee Updates

Conference Planning Committee
The IGSHPA Conference & Expo is 46 days away. The committee has been notifying speakers and making final plans to make this the best conference to date. New items include a leadership panel, a contractors panel, a manufacturers awards dinner, a dedicated research track, and a mixture of technical and sales sessions in the general track.

Marketing Committee
The marketing committee met to review the Geo Outlook workings for 2017. Product showcase spots are still available for quarter one for a reduced rate of $200.

Membership Committee
Membership renewals have been received in the IGSHPA office. New membership cards are in the mail. Let Gail Ezepek know if you have renewed and not received your updated accreditation or membership cards.

Deadline Approaching-IGSHPA Awards

To honor the outstanding applications and innovations in the ground source heat pump industry in the past year, IGSHPA is pleased to announce the call for nominees for the following awards. Recipients will be recognized during the awards dinner March 15, 2017 during the 2017 IGSHPA Conference & Expo in Denver, Colorado. Award areas open for nomination are: residential innovation, commercial innovation, friends of the industry, IGSHPA Visionary Award, and IGSHPA Ambassador Award.

Award guidelines:

  • Projects must have been installed from November 1, 2015-October 31, 2016.
  • Nominations must be made by January 31, 2017.
  • Nominees can nominate themselves or others for awards.
  • Recipients can receive an award in only one category.
  • Membership in IGSHPA is not a prerequisite to receive an award.

Nomination Form

Board of Directors Elections

Members, earlier this week you should have received an email about the IGSHPA Board of Directors elections. Cast your vote now by visiting http://www.igshpa.okstate.edu/membership/login.asp.

Information about the nominees for the GHEX and Dealer/Contractor sector can be found at http://igshpa.org/membership/BOD/nominee.

2017 IGSHPA Conference and Expo Agenda

The conference agenda for the website is being finalized and will be online next week. Make sure to check out the conference homepage for an overview of all the items at the conference.

Register now!

2017 IGSHPA Conference and Expo Hotel

The Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center will serve as the host hotel for the 2017 conference and expo. Make your room reservations with the hotel directly through the website and or by calling 1-866-378-1583. Use the code GSH when reserving your rooms. Single rooms are $105 per night and double rooms are $115 per night. The hotel room rate will expire when the block fills up or on February 19, whichever comes first.

Geo Outlook Available!

IGSHPA Training and Accreditation Opportunities

IGSHPA has several opportunities across North America for you to become certified or accredited through one of our programs. Please visit our training homepage for more info and to register to attend a class.

Trainer: Ryan Carda, P.E.
Date: Rolling - Begin Immediately
Location: Online

Trainer: Ryan Carda, P.E.
Date: Rolling - Begin Immediately
Location: Online

Conference Training Workshops
March 13-14

Short Courses

March 13

What is CSA C448 Bi-National Standard?

Have you wondered what the CSA C448 bi-national standard is about? Watch this video from CSA to learn about the standard.

IGSHPA and the Canadian Standards Association entered into a license and distribution agreement November 1, 2016, for IGSHPA to distribute ANSI/CSA C448 Series-16-Design and Installation of Ground Source Heat Pump Systems for Commercial and Residential Buildings. IGSHPA is able to offer the standards to IGSHPA members as a member benefit for a special member price of $100, whereas, the list price for the standards is $155.

Members can visit http://www.igshpa.okstate.edu/publication/manuals.htm#CSA to purchase their copy of the standard.

Free Online CEUs Now Available

You can now earn CEUs online through the IGSHPA website! Earn .2 CEUs per hour of videos watched with an online quiz passing grade of 100%. To gain access to the videos to earn CEUs, visit the website to register for the video site.

For your IGSHPA accreditation renewal, you will need a total of 8 CEUs, 7 of which can be achieved through employment and organization membership. You will need 1 CEU that can be achieved by watching these learning videos and taking a short quiz at the end of each video. Access to these videos is FREE until January 31, 2017.

Geothermal News

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Research

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is conducting a research project to provide a thorough assessment on the current state of the art of typical ground heat exchanger installation methods, installation technologies, and needed equipment and materials. The goal of this study is to identify technology improvements needed to facilitate wider adoption of ground source heat pump systems in both the commercial and residential sectors. This study will include a national survey of installation process and associated cost estimation performed by ground heat exchanger installation contractors and other industry professionals. The assessment will first develop baseline specifications for typical installation scenarios that cover a large fraction of the residential and commercial market. These installation scenarios will then be subjected to operational and cost analysis in order to identify the key technologies and economic drivers in the installation process. Finally, after the key drivers are identified and quantified, recommendations for technology or installation process improvements with the potential to improve ground heat exchanger installation economics will be made.

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